GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Prior to this year’s NFL, Amari Rodgers called the Green Bay Packers his “dream scenario,” in part because of the opportunity to catch on from NFL MVP manager Aaron Rodgers.
The former Clemson star still hopes so, although things have gotten worse between the quarterback and the organization.
But it doesn’t sound like Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has chosen Amari Rodgers as a peaceful offer for his quarterback franchise.
“I hope everyone on our team and in our building is excited to add Amari,” Gutekunst said on Friday. “I think we wanted to add something – we wanted to add a few years ago ̵
It was the first time since his initial project in 2018 that Gutekunst chose a receiver and, by trading to take the 5-foot 9, made an all-slot receiver in the third round (85 in total), became the highest spot, where the Packers made a successor after Davante Adams in the second round (53rd in total) in 2014.
Adams set a franchise record of 115 catches last season – 82 more than any other Packers recipient – to explain the biggest difference between teams 1 and 2 on the team, according to a study by ESPN Stats & Information.
For her part, Amari Rodgers said she was aware of the news that broke out on Thursday when ESPN described in detail Aaron Rodgers’ desire to continue and not play for the Packers again.
“Of course I want to catch flaws from the ruling MVP, the future Hall of Fame,” said Amari Rodgers. “So I know for sure that I would like to have the opportunity to play for someone like him on the pitch, and also for Davante, so I’m looking forward to that.
“We have the same last name, so of course it’s pretty cool that we have the same last name. He’s an amazing quarterback. I’ve watched him all my life. It’s actually amazing and surreal that I get the opportunity to play quarterback as a him. “
Amari Rodgers ‘father, Tee Martin, played quarterback in the NFL and coached the Baltimore Ravens’ successors. But Martin is also coaching former Packers successor Randall Cobb at Kentucky College, and Packers may be trying to use Amari Rodgers in a role similar to the one Cobb plays in Green Bay.
“Ever since Randall Cobb left, everyone in my family felt like they didn’t have a slot machine player like him,” said Amari Rodgers. “They just felt it was appropriate for me to go there with Aaron Rodgers, as he is a prolific quarterback as he is, and with Davante, as he is a prolific receiver as he is, to introduce me to take a little attention from him. .
“I feel like it’s going to be perfect. My skill set and what I can do about the offense, I feel like it’s something that will certainly be able to help with the offense.”
In his last season at Clemson, 86% of Amari Rodgers ‘goals came in the slot, while only 31% of Aaron Rodgers’ 2020 attempts were in the slot, according to a study by ESPN Stats & Information.
“He fills so many holes for us,” Gutekunst said. “That’s one of the reasons we traded for him, because not only as a returning player and slot receiver, but as you’ve seen in the last few years, the creativity that [coach] Matt [LaFleur] as part of its violation, some of the planes cleaned and shielded. “
As for the other Rodgers, Gutekunst said he did not speak to his unfortunate quarterback on Friday, in part because of the project’s business. A day after saying he had received a call for a deal but reiterated that he would not trade with Aaron Rodgers, Gutekunst said he had not received any calls about it on Friday.
However, trading with the receiver became an early priority. Gutekunst said he was considering taking Amari Rodgers in the second round, but instead took Ohio central state Josh Myers at number 62.
“After I got off the phone [with Myers]”I turned to see if we could go back to get Amari,” he said. Several of my boys had come down to eat something, so we had to get everyone back on the phone quickly. But we were trying pretty hard to get up to go get Amari. It took us a little longer than we wanted. We paid a little price, but I thought it was important because of the value of the player I wanted. “
Gutekunst dropped the first of the two fourth rounds of the Tennis Titans’ Packers (№ 135 overall) to rise from 92 to 85.